Keep fishing, the weather will soon change again
The thing about summertime fishing is the weather changes daily.
One day it’s calm and green to the beach, the next you can’t keep a hat on your head.
Just keep fishing.
Eventually the weather will be in your favor.
In Palacios, the upper reaches of the bay like Tres Palacios Bay and Caranchua Bay have been good along the shorelines holding shell. Guide Ray Sexton has been wading tight to those reefs and picking off solid trout early in the morning.
For boaters, there have been birds working around Hotel and Palacios points, but most have been undersized fish. Better fish have been found at Half Moon Reef, Coon Island and the Barge.
Guide Caleb Rush reported trout to 10 pounds in East Matagorda Bay this week.
Lots of other big trout in the seven-pound range were caught and released while making long drifts over shell. Waders in East Bay have used small topwaters like She Pups to find fish on mid bay reefs like Half Moon, Long Reef and Three Beacon Reef.
Plugs were crushed by many five-pounders and those wading with croakers released fish up to eight pounds.
Early-morning topwater action has been great in Port O’Connor, while later in the morning captains have found trout in chest-deep channels on Bass Assassins and Lil’ Johns.
Flounder action has been good in the bayous and guts along the south shoreline of West Matagorda Bay while wading with live shrimp and Gulps. Best action has been early in the morning as many flounder pull up on the shallow flats during the night.
Giggers have found easy limits of flounder in Port O’Connor and West Matagorda Bay. Most of the fish are off the points of shell lying in wait to ambush. Muddy bottoms around Freeport and around bayous close to San Luis Pass are holding good numbers of flatfish as well.
The same holds true in Rockport as giggers have worked the outside of Traylor Island for easy limits.
Regarding redfish, guide Michael Rolf used his Power Pole to work points along the north shoreline of West Matagorda Bay in high winds.
He found good reds around Maverick Bayou, Big Bayou, Hidden Bayou and Zipperan Bayou while using live shrimp under a Mid Coast popping cork.
Back lakes like Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Horse Trailer Lake have been good as well. Don’t be surprised to find black drum over reefs in those lakes, too.
If you want the big bulls, it’s a broken record every week but those oversized reds hang out at the jetties. There are some monster reds in Port O’Connor, Port Aransas and Freeport and a finger mullet or pogie gets the job done.
Look for schools of redfish in the open bay on calm days.
They normally will be on the surface crushing large rafts of menhaden.
The offshore game is been a tough one lately with seas running 7-9 feet.
Weed lines are holding large tripletail and few anglers are targeting them.
There are also lots of dorado with them which afforded steady action on light tackle.
Red snapper are over rocks and wrecks in 40-80 feet of water.
Big water anglers are have had the brave angry seas lately, but pelagic are coming closer to the beach with water temps in the mid 80s..
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